The arts and crafts movement in the early twentieth century was a vital moment in the education and uptake of ceramics in Aotearoa New Zealand. Though most histories of New Zealand studio pottery begin with the Anglo-Oriental movement in the mid-twentieth century — which features the emergence of key ceramic figures — the earlier arts and crafts movement holds many examples of sophisticated and serious pottery, often made by women.
This exhibition looks at the work of five key female potters working in the early twentieth century with the aim of understanding how their contexts enabled their work and shaped the directions their practices took. As Curator Moyra Elliott notes, in “the early Twentieth Century it was necessary to be a woman of singular purpose and determination if making pottery was the aim, whether for economic independence, contributing towards family income or artistic expression. Here is the work from some of the pioneers.”
Curated by Moyra Elliott, with work by Briar Gardner, Elizabeth Matheson, Minnie F. White, Olive Jones and Elizabeth Lissaman.
Leading Ladies: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Sunday 21 January from 12pm
Te Uru is super excited to be hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon workshop to help get artists represented online on Sunday 21st January from 12pm in Te Uru's Learning Centre. This will be an afternoon of research and collective contribution as Courtney Johnston, Director of the The Dowse Art Museum, takes you through how to create, edit and expand a Wikipedia page.
Springboarding from the 'Leading Ladies' exhibition, the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon will begin looking at early female ceramic artists Briar Gardner, Elizabeth Matheson, Minnie F. White, Olive Jones and Elizabeth Lissaman. The event will continue with a focus on female artists working with ceramics with the aim of improving the balance of artists represented online.
Te Uru will have a range of books and resources to get you started, but please bring your own laptop and any relevant research materials that might help on the day.
Further info available on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/971168096366154/